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Ngu Wheke for Red Greg

Ngu Wheke for Red Greg
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-11-18
Categories: Fish
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Underwater Wonder World 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-11-18 5:50
Viewed: 5275
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Broad Squid, Southern Reef Squid, Southern Calamari Squid
Sepioteuthis australis
Maori Name: Ngu Wheke (Noo Feckee)

I can now understand how hard it must be for Greg (Red45) when he shows us his miniature fish life in his aquarium. So this Ngu Wheke is for you Greg.

Today we visited Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World and Antarctic Encounter, in Auckland, where I shot this Squid (Sepioteuthis australis), also known as Southern Reef Squid, Southern Calamari Squid and Broad Squid.

It wasn’t easy to photograph them through the glass. And they also kept moving the opposite way you expected them to move. As one of the children said, “They keep shooting backwards.”

Squid is one of the fastest growing animals in the world. They grow to adult very quickly and only live for one year.

They can move very quickly, using jet propulsion to get around. They can change direction in the blink of an eye.

Squid travel in schools, are inquisitive, and can quickly change colour for camouflage purposes. They are able to go almost translucent and become very hard to detect.

Like the octopus they will squirt a gooey and vile dark ink as a defence against predators.

Squid mostly eat small fish, which they catch with 2 long tentacles. These shoot out and drag prey back to the beak between its 8 arms.

I realise this picture doesn’t show the normal look of the squid, but I quite like the weird look it has. Check out the Workshop for another look at this strange-looking fish. . .

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Interesting "catch". Colours, DOF and especially POV are very good.

Hi Janice,
good capture taken under very difficult conditions.
Nice framing, and a very sophisticated combination of weird colours.
I also like the presentation of the whole squid in your workshop. These animals look very elegant, and very intelligent as well, and you have presented one of them in a very pleasant and interesting way here - with excellent notes.
Thank you! Best regards,

Hello Janice,
I agree with you, what a strange animal! It really has this alien look :) Well done in those difficult circumstances that you described. This is a great eye contact that you caught. What a look and shape, this is so strange. Well done with composition also. Superb post and TFS,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2006-11-18 7:15]

Hi Janice.
What an attractive shot of this well known and nice animal. You have captured it in wonderful pose. Its eyes are simply beautiful as well as colour tones and details. Perfect job. TFS and my best wishes.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2006-11-18 7:27]

Hello Janice,
Very intresting capture.Eyes and lighting are amazing.I liked POV,dark BG,contrast and visual impact a lot.Have a great weekend!

Hi Janice,
A very difficult subject and shooting conditions. You have managed to get a nice shot though. They are amazing animals. Well done!

What is that! i have no idea, from a fantasy or sci-fic movie! Superb shot! Looks like a floating angel here! Face to face!
Bravo Janice and TFS,

Hi Janice,
wow - that's a strange guy - I guess Greg will be happy about it. It's like a little ghost from "Caspar".
I like this shot, very well done, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-11-18 11:19]

wonderful shot, love the weird shapes and colours. Excellent POV. Great note as well - I didn't know anything about these so all information is interesting



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  • volkan Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 497 W: 10 N: 4] (2425)
  • [2006-11-18 11:37]

Hi Janice,
I think you've done a spectacular job here.
It must have been difficult to capture this beyond the glasses.Well done

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  • wuta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 855 W: 2 N: 617] (2142)
  • [2006-11-18 14:30]

Fantastic shot Janice , a beauty beest his eyes and the light pose bg and framing very apart ,tfs ,Greetings Teunie .

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2006-11-18 14:45]

What an unusual POV of a squid, Janice.
I suppose all POVs of squids would be kind of unusual,
since we don't really get to see squids very often. : P
But talk about up close and personal.
Both the focus and the exposure are excellent, especally considering the difficult shooting conditions through glass and water.
Great job and TFS. : )

Hello Janice,
A marvelous and unique view of this mollusc, looks a bit a ghost floating underwater. Well composed and acompanied with a interesting note.

looks yummy!! Haha.. without the eyes looking at me that is.
Great capture at a good moment!
I didn't know squids have eyes like that! Oh if you took this through glass, i must say, excellently done! Without reading the notes, i thought you went underwater photography! Very good presentation.
Good one!

Hi Janice,
This is an amazing shot!
Perfect timing, very sharp and clear detail.
Very well done!

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2006-11-19 5:36]

Cze¶æ Janice. Rewelacyjne zdjêcie, jak zjawa nie z tego ¶wiata. Du¿e du¿e brawa. Pozdrawiam Robert.

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  • horia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2158 W: 224 N: 4749] (16656)
  • [2006-11-19 5:51]

A very nice dedication, Janice!
Indeed it's very difficult to capture these aquatic creatures but you did it greatly and also managed to capture a lovley and interesting pose ;)
Excellent work and a great to go with all!
Nice Workshop picture, too :)

Bravo and TFS

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2006-11-19 14:05]
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Hello Janice, this is a very interesting shot. I like it! Lovely details and focus considering it's underwater and relatively slow shutter speed. I can't help wondering that maybe portrait mode would have suited this better. Well done.

Well done Janice.
Very cool portrait shot of this face-to-face encounter with a squid :)
Almost cute in a strange sort of way!
Very good job with the conditions one encounters at the aquarium, and the gelatinous nature of this beast ;)
Have a Great Day!

Hi Janice,
Neven seen before a live squid so close and so clear, thank you for your effort to capture this and TFS

Hi Janice

This is quite different from the 'norm' You really thought 'outside the square' for this one! TFS.

Hi Janice,
Great underwater image. The squid was nicely captured with dark BG, creates a nice contrast. Nicely cropped and framed.
Great shot.

Ben Lakitan

bonjour janice
merci de partager ce cliché avec nous,moi je pensais que les calamars avaient la forme qu'ils ont dans la paella!!
non je plaisante bien sur.tres joli.

Hi Janice,
I like the compo here.
Strange fish...
Well done

What a great ghostly image - scares the living daylights out of me!

Well done indeed for getting an image like this from an aquarium, superbly done.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2006-11-25 17:47]
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Hi Janice

What an amusing and comical post and what a cute little face? This guy was clearly giving you the eye. It is interesting to note how we (humans) deal with these animals as far as it concerns their name. When we see them alive (in the sea or in an aquarium) we normally call them squid. When we see it lying in our plates at a restaurant we call it calamari. And when we use it as bait to catch fish we call it chokka. Funny how we won’t sit in a restaurant and order ‘chokka’ or ‘squid’. After all we are civilised and we don’t eat bait or weird little sea creatures that have more than six legs, sucking tentacles, and a beak that looks like a parrot’s, now do we?

You’ve done excellent work here with no evidence that you shot it through the aquarium glass. It looks like the guy is flying in the night sky. The composition is great and the POV is an absolutely delight. The colours are superb, the details are crisp and clear, the black BG compliments the animal, and the exposure is exceptional.

Very well done and TFS.
Kia Ora

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-11-27 5:28]
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Hello Janice!
I don't know how I could miss this one!!! Probably hard work disturbed my mind :-)

Excellent capture! This one is really alien being! Eyes, mouth and semitransparent body - all looks like not from this world! Ngu Wheke sound slightly Vietnameese :-) Thank you my friend and sorry for delay!

I love this weird looking squids, not only to look at them, but cooked in every way, typical here cooked in their own ink :)
You got a nice picture, it just looks that it is posing for you. Lovely lights and textures.
Best regards, Felipe.

Hi Janice,
Amazing and unusual subject, not easy to get right thru an aquarium. Very good job, with a mixture of sharp and motion blurred parts. Eyes are impressive. The whole composition is very artistic too. Well done.

Hiya Janice, amazing shot, love the shape of the wings? and the translucent nature of them, and the eyes are sort of saying, "What you lookin at..." lol, bold composition, very interesting capture!

Hello Janice,
I've been just looking at your lovely gallery and I've found this jewel :-)
I've never seen a picture of Squid like that! I had no idea that this creature can look so human_like. This one gives impression that he is a little annoyed :-)
This is definitely the best picture of Squid I've ever seen.
Superb capture!

Wild picture, Janice, I love the almost cute face on this large piece of calamari, LOL!

This is really an amazing shot. Thanks for sharing, now I'll never have calamari y aoili again, LOL!

Hello Janice!
Perfectly composed picture and a great dedication to Greg (or Grzegorz if you like ;>). I like POV and pose of this marine beauty. Also the note is very interesting.
Best greetings from rainy Lodz,

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